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For its special menu one day last week, Azabu Elementary School in central Tokyo's Minato ward served the students whale meat, the Wall Street Journal reported.
The School Affairs Section of the Secretariat of the Minato Board of Education said in a written statement that each school was free to plan its special menus that week, and the goal was to include "traditional, local, historical, and cultural dishes," a blogger for the paper wrote.
Japan continues to flaunt a 1986 moratorium on commercial whaling put in place by the International Whaling Commission. The country says the whale hunts are for research purposes, but the sea mammals' meat can be found on some grocery store shelves -- and in this case, school lunchrooms.
"Whale was a source of protein in Japan's post-war diet, and some middle-aged Japanese people fondly recall looking forward to whale the way today's children look forward to pizza," the Journal reported.
Yeah, we'll stick with pepperoni, thanks.